Dovetail Builds Restaurant in the Spheres


 Photo: ©NBBJ/Sean Airhart

Photo: ©NBBJ/Sean Airhart

Hello world. The word is out – we’re building in the cloud-forest. Renee Erickson is opening a new restaurant in The Spheres and we’re thrilled to announce we’re building it. This lovely Italian eatery has a dream team involved: designed by Sea Creatures in collaboration with Heliotrope Architects, Arup completed the engineering, and we’re standing on the shoulders of giants: NBBJ designed The Spheres and Sellen constructed them.

 3D scan of the site

3D scan of the site

We captured the as-built environment with 3D scans that were used for coordinating all aspects of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services, as well as significant portions of the architecture we are constructing. Magic happens in pre-construction. But now for the fun, we are officially underway and building.

 Photo: ©Dovetail/Jill Hardy

Photo: ©Dovetail/Jill Hardy

We recently finished pouring the concrete topping slab. But before pouring, we utilized our 3D model to fabricate jig templates for laying out the floor plan, which includes hardware for installing the bar railing. Above, our concrete team reveals brass lettering below the fresh concrete.

 Photo: ©NBBJ/Sean Airhart

Photo: ©NBBJ/Sean Airhart

The restaurant is located on the corner of 6th and Lenora. Stay tuned as we share updates and images from throughout the building process.